Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W71
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: DIY Behavioral Tool Kit: Developing and Implementing Visual Materials That Support the Success of Behavior Plans
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
305 (Convention Center)
Area: DDA/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jennifer M. Derderian, M.S.
JENNIFER M. DERDERIAN (May Institute), DIPTI MUDGAL (May Institute)

Visual supports, including token economies and schedules, can be used with a wide variety of students to increase target skills and decrease maladaptive behaviors. Schedules can range from simple icons boards representing one to two activities, to full day written schedules and monthly planners. The use of schedules can help students better plan and predict within their environment, as well as increase independence. Token economies are used to increase target behaviors, and can be used in combination with a response cost to decrease maladaptive behaviors. The primary focus of this workshop is to teach therapists and caregivers how to create and implement visual supports for individuals with developmental disabilities, and to serve as a platform to problem solve real life challenges facing field based clinicians and parents. After a general explanation of the theories behind these visual supports, participants will break into small groups to practice creating their own visual supports and receive feedback from presenters. Materials provided will include printouts of various visual supports and their descriptions, a sample behavior support plan, a sample of a self-monitoring data sheet, and a bi-fold communication folder that can be used to create a schedule and token board.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the reasoning behind using visual supports with students with disabilities
  • Identify which visual support should be used given a target behavior or skill
  • Create visual schedules, ranging from basic to complex
  • Create visual token boards, with and without a response cost component
  • Implement a wide variety of schedule and token boards
  • Discuss how to incorporate and adapt parts of the BSP development process into their current practice
Activities: Participants will be involved in didactic presentation, discussion, and interactive activities (e.g., making sample schedules, token boards, and response costs, and role playing how to use them).
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for clinicians or parents of developmentally disabled children with behavior problems. Master’s level therapists, psychologists, and family members are welcome. Participants should have a fundamental understanding of the principles of applied behavior analysis.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): behavior plans, behavioral intervention, private school



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